Senior Honors Theses

Author(s)

Tyler FlynnFollow

Publication Date

Spring 4-18-2012

School

School of Communication

Major

Communication Studies: Journalism

Primary Subject Area

Literature, American; Education, Reading; Fine Arts; Philosophy

Keywords

Comic book, graphic novel, Watchmen, Alan Moore, superhero

Disciplines

Ethics and Political Philosophy | Fiction | Fine Arts

Abstract

The American comic book, specifically those of the superhero genre, is a medium that has been associated with stagnant, morally upright characters and formulaic plots. However, author Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons changed said stigma with their groundbreaking series Watchmen. An analysis of the work’s storyline, as well as some of the main characters, will reveal the deep philosophical and psychological underpinnings of the graphic novel, and, more importantly, its literary merit. A Christian interpretation of the work will also be presented.

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